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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is a library in the University of Toronto, constituting the largest repository of publicly accessible rare books and manuscripts in Canada. Among the collection's items are the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493), Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), Newton's Principia (1687), and Darwin's proof copy (with annotations) of On the Origin of Species (1859). Other collections include Babylonian cuneiform tablet from Ur (1789 B.C.), 36 Egyptian papyrus manuscript fragments (245 B.C.), and Catholicon (1460).

The library is also home to the university archives which, in addition to institutional records, also contains the papers of many important Canadian literary figures including Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies. Richard Landon, the director, organizes two or three exhibitions of rare books and other materials annually.

The Robert S. Kenny Collection resides in the library. This immense collection of books, documents, and other materials pertaining to the radical and labour movements, particularly in Canada, contains approximately 25,000 items collected by Robert S. Kenny, who was a member of the Communist Party of Canada. The Canadian section, which has 382 books and 768 pamphlets, was acquired by the library from Kenny in 1977. The international section of the collection was donated by Kenny in 1993.

In addition, there is an outstanding collection of etchings by Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) from the collection of Sidney Thomson Fisher. The collection has been digitized and is a remarkable historical resource.

Dialogo de Cecco di Ronchitti
Dialogo de Cecco di Ronchitti (1605)
Fatawa al-khayriyah al-bariyah
Fatawa al-khayriyah al-bariyah
The Elements of Euclid
The Elements of Euclid


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Schneid, Otto, 1929-1973
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Schneid, Otto, 1929-1973--Correspondence
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Thomas Fisher Canadiana Collection
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Thomas Fisher Libretti Collection
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Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides Collection
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crawhall, joseph, 1821-1896 (association)
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rousseau, jean-jacques, 1712-1778
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donizetti, gaetano, 1797-1848
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verdi, giuseppe, 1813-1901
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rossini, gioacchino, 1792-1868.
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Thomas Fisher Astronomy
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Thomas Fisher Astronomy From the earliest humans to Claudius Ptolemaeus, Galileo Galilei, George Ellery Hale, Edwin Hubble to Geoffery Marcy; the study/science of astronomy and the night sky has always attempted to decipher the sun, the moon and the planets but also our place as humans, within the cosmos. This collection from the Fisher Rare Books Library is largely made of items from the Stillman Drake Collection (Galileo Galilei), editions from Johannes Kepler, Nicolaus Copernicus, John F.W...
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Approximately 4000 works, primarily in Italian, first performed after 1815; also translations into other languages.
Thomas Fisher Canadiana Collection
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Once attributed to Girolamo Spinelli; now believed to be the work of Galilei. Cf. Drake, Stillman. Galileo against the philosophers Galileo, a major progenitor of the Scientific Revolution was also a martyr of the new science. His career can be viewed as a series of controversies, beginning with his earliest published work on the ‘new star’ of 1604, written when he was already 40. He then moved on to the proportional compass, the telescopic discoveries of 1610, the ‘bodies in water’ and...
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Topics: Lorenzini, Antonio, fl. 1606, Stars, New, Astronomy
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Mauri is probably a pseudonym. Variously attributed to Marco Mauro, or Galileo Galilei. Cf. Melzi; Drake, Stillman. Galileo against the philosophers
Topics: Colombe, Lodovico delle, fl. 1612, Stars, New, Astronomy
Thomas Fisher Arabic Collection
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Arabic language materials provided by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
by Service, Robert W. (Robert William), 1874-1958
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Internet Archive Canada's 200,000 Digitized Text Poems was the first publication of author Robert W. Service and became instantly popular when it was published in 1907. There were 10 Canadian printings in that first year of publication, totaling 12,750 copies. The collection includes “ The Shooting of Dan McGrew” and “ The Cremation of Sam McGee”. Which have become classics taught in literature classes, recited widely, referenced in films and music such as the 1949 song "Dangerous...
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Welcome to Graffigny Electronic Archive / Archives Graffigny   Editions of the works of Mme de Graffigny in the collections of Pierre Mouriau de Meulenacker and of the University of Toronto Fisher Library / éditions des œuvres de Mme de Graffigny conservées dans les collections de Pierre Mouriau de Meulenacker et de la bibliothèque Fisher de l'Université de Toronto The purpose of this archive is to preserve and make available as many editions as possible of the works of Françoise de...
Topic: Voyages and travels
Otto Schneid Papers
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Otto Schneid, born in Jablunkova, Czechoslovakia, January 30, 1900, was an art historian, professor, writer, and artist. During the 1930s he began work on a dictionary of twentieth century Jewish artists to be published in Vienna in 1938, but the plates were confiscated by the Nazis. In 1939 he went to Palestine (Israel) as a research student at Jerusalem University. From 1948-1960 he taught art history at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), Haifa, and continued to write about art....
Thomas Fisher Chapbook Collection
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by Lima, Oliveira, 1867-1928
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Topics: John VI, King of Portugal, 1767-1826, Brazil -- History 1763-1822
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Topic: Almanacs, Canadian
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His most innovative educational work was a version of 'Euclid's Elements' which used coloured graphic explanations of each geometric principle. It was published by Pickering (publishers) in 1847. The book has become the subject of renewed interest in recent years for its innovative graphic conception and its style which prefigures the modernist experiments of the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements. Information design writer Edward Tufte refers to the book in his work on graphic design and McLean in...
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Topic: Geometry
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Vol. 1. Espagnol - françois - italien.- Vol. 2. François - italien - espagnol.- Vol. 3. Italien - françois - espagnol
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French language -- Dictionaries, Italian language -- Dictionaries,...
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RBSC copy: Bound with 20 others
Topic: Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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by James, William, 1842-1910
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Includes bibliographical references
Topic: Habit
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by James, William, 1842-1910
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Topic: Mental healing
Vol. 1. Espagnol - françois - italien.- Vol. 2. François - italien - espagnol.- Vol. 3. Italien - françois - espagnol
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French language -- Dictionaries, Italian language -- Dictionaries,...
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by Lima, Oliveira, 1867-1928
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Topics: John VI, King of Portugal, 1767-1826, Brazil -- History 1763-1822
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Topic: Almanacs, Canadian
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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
by Unknown
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Added engr. t.p., dated 1812
Topics: Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852, Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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by Unknown
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Half title: Campagnes de l'armée de Portugal
Topics: Masséna, André, prince d'Essling, 1758-1817, Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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by British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings; Franks, Augustus Wollaston, Sir, 1826-1897; Howe, Edward Russell James Gambier
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Title on spine: Catalogue of the Franks Collection of British & American bookplates
Topics: Bookplates, English, Bookplates, American, Book collectors
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by Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804; Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804
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Includes index
Topic: Logic
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Topic: Almanacs, Canadian
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
by Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855; Hollander, Lee Milton, 1880-
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Bibliography: p. 42
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by Camões, Luís de, 1524?-1580; Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890; Burton, Isabel, Lady, 1831-1896
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Includes the rejected stanzas (Estancias desprezadas): p. [417]-471
Vol. 1. Espagnol - françois - italien.- Vol. 2. François - italien - espagnol.- Vol. 3. Italien - françois - espagnol
Topics: Encyclopedias and dictionaries, French language -- Dictionaries, Italian language -- Dictionaries,...
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RBSC copy 2: Bound with the author's Nova Esther em Portugal. Lisboa, 1819
Topics: Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815, Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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Topic: Almanacs, Canadian
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
by Orbini, Mauro, ca. 1550-1611?; Macclesfield, Thomas Augustus Wolstenholme Parker, Earl of, 1811-1896 (bookplate)
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Signatures: [pi]2, b2, a[dagger]2, b[dagger dagger]2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Rrr4
Topic: Slavs
English and British Almanacs
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Collection of English and British almanacs from 1632 to 1832. Many of the earlier almanacs were used as diaries or have notes added in manuscript. They belonged to the Palmer, Whalley, and Brough families. Members of the Palmer and Whalley families were successfully rectors of Ecton, Northants from 1641-1849.
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Topic: Almanacs, Canadian
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Topics: Supermarkets, Grocery trade, Food industry and trade
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by James, William, 1842-1910
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Topic: Life
Description of series based on issue: v. 90, no. 12 (Dec., 1977)
Topic: Commerce
Canadian Trade Journals Collection
by Canadian Jewellers Association
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Title varies: Sept. 1879- Trader; -June 1958, The Trader and Canadian jeweller
Topics: Jewelry, Jewelry trade
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by Young, A. H. (Archibald Hope), 1863-1936
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RBSC copy: With microfilm duplicate (mfm. dup. 0004)
Topic: Upper Canada College
The Crad Kilodney Papers
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img.crad { width: 294px:; height: 200px; float: left; margin-right: 20px; } An excerpt from an announcement from The Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library: April 15, 2014 One of Canadian literature's most notorious individuals, Crad Kilodney, died yesterday, April 14. For many years beginning in the late 1970s and into the early 1990s, Kilodney was a fixture on Toronto's city streets, selling his books and pamphlets, published under his imprint Charnel House, with such provocative titles as...
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by Costa, José Daniel Rodrigues da, 1757-1832; Palmella, duque de, 1781-1850 (association); David, Alfredo (binder)
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RBSC copy: Ex libris duque de Palmella. Binder's ticket: Alfredo David, Lisboa
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Topic: Almanacs, Canadian
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by Correia da Serra, José Francisco, 1750-1823; Pisano, Mateus de, 1385-1466?; Pina, Rui de, 1440-1521; Zurara, Gomes Eanes de, ca. 1410-1473 or 4; Lopes, Fernão, b. ca. 1380; Acenheiro, Christovão Rodrigues, b. 1474; Figueiredo, Fausto José Amaral de (bookplate); Figueiredo, Maria do Carmo Viana Machado Mendes de Almeida de (bookplate); Academia Real das Sciencias de Lisboa
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Half title: Ineditos de historia portugueza
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Topics: Lagarde, Pierre Denis de, 1768-1848, Peninsular War, 1807-1814
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by British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings; Franks, Augustus Wollaston, Sir, 1826-1897; Howe, Edward Russell James Gambier
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Title on spine: Catalogue of the Franks Collection of British & American bookplates
Topics: Bookplates, English, Bookplates, American, Book collectors
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by Aragão, A. C. Teixeira de, (Augusto Carlo Teixeira de), 1823-1903
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Imprint on cover of v. 1 dated: 1875
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Topics: Coins, Portuguese, Numismatics
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by Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Topic: Philosophy
RBSC copy: On spine: Skinners Lexicon
Topics: English language -- Etymology Dictionaries, English language -- Etymology Names, English language...
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by Cockburn, Robert, Sir, bart., 1861-; Cockburn, Harry Archibald
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Bibliographical footnotes
Topic: Cockburn family
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by British Museum. Dept. of Prints and Drawings; Franks, Augustus Wollaston, Sir, 1826-1897; Howe, Edward Russell James Gambier
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Title on spine: Catalogue of the Franks Collection of British & American bookplates
Topics: Bookplates, English, Bookplates, American, Book collectors
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
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Topic: Almanacs, Canadian
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
by Ker, Robert, b. 1843; Ker, Robert, b. 1843., (autograph); Scadding, Henry, 1813-1901
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Topics: St. George's Church (St. Catharines, Ont.), St. Mark's Church (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.),...
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Topics: Medicine, Medicine